Your gutter is a very important part of your roofing system. Gutters redirect the water away from your home when it rains. However, if you find they start to leak, it could be a sign that you need some gutter maintenance. Here are a few reasons why your gutter could be leaking and how you can prevent it.
Over time, your gutters will eventually become filled with leaves and other types of debris, which could inhibit rainwater flow. This can cause water to run over the sides and drip down your siding. This could lead to several kinds of home damage from siding rot, wood rot on your fascia, to leaking basements. Having your gutters inspected in the spring and fall and cleaned regularly can prevent them from clogging.
Bad Gutter Joints
Your roof’s gutters are joined together at joints. These joints allow entire system to flow properly so they can divert water effectively. It’s not uncommon to see some regular wear and tear in these parts due to expansion and contraction. Worn-down joints can cause leaks if not treated immediately. This can be solved by caulking the joint and applying a waterproof sealant or by replacing the joint entirely.
Gutters are like anything else on your home and can deteriorate due to old age. As the gutters age they can loose their finish and begin to rust. Once this happens the next step is to have them replaced before more damage is caused to the rest of your home.
Gutters only work properly if they flow correctly. In some cases, leaking can be due to your gutters being loose. When they become loose that causes them to sag not allowing water to drain. This can case problems with rot on your fascia as well as leave a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This can be caused from faulty installation, previous water damage, or even ice during the winter. The best fix is to install additional fasteners and make sure the gutters are aligned properly.
One of the most damaging forces for your gutters are storms. Storms can damage gutter from blowing debris to hail. Hail chips the protective paint coating that can lead to rust and leaks. Hail also can separate the joints and cause them to leak. Due to the frequency of storms in this area, we recommend having your gutters checked yearly to ensure they have not been damaged by your spring storms.
Maintain Your Gutters With Plumlee Construction
Now you know what the common causes of a leaky gutter are. If you ever need gutter maintenance or treatment, contact Plumlee Construction and schedule an appointment. We’re ready to answer any of your questions and provide a free inspection. Call us at 417-300-9301. We serve all of the Southwest Missouri area.